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Bernie Sanders: U.S. must recognize that "Palestinian rights matter"

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The United States must encourage an immediate cease-fire in the Middle East and adopt an "evenhanded approach" that recognizes Palestinians and Israelis have a right to "live in peace and security," Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) wrote in a New York Times opinion on Friday.

Driving the news: Violence escalated this week after Israelis intensified efforts to evict Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem. Hamas fired rockets and Israel massed troops, leaving more than 125 Palestinians and seven people in Israel dead.

What he's saying: "Let’s be clear. No one is arguing that Israel, or any government, does not have the right to self-defense or to protect its people," wrote Sanders.

"So why are these words repeated year after year, war after war? And why is the question almost never asked: 'What are the rights of the Palestinian people?' And why do we only seem to take notice of the violence in Israel and Palestine when rockets are falling on Israel?"
  • "[W]hile Hamas firing rockets into Israeli communities is absolutely unacceptable, today’s conflict did not begin with those rockets," the senator said, adding Palestinians have spent years being threatened with forced evictions, political and economic oppression and deepening Israeli occupation.



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